About me

I have been writing poetry and stories since I was a child, and a love of reading was instilled in me from an early age. I am passionate about writing, and hope you enjoy the books I have written. Whilst most of you sleep soundly in your beds, like many Parkinson’s patients, insomnia dictates, so during those hours that sleep eludes me, the house is tranquil and quiet, an atmosphere perfect to immerse myself in writing. My life has been a series of strange events, which have without doubt contributed to my creativity. To publish anything is to bear one’s soul to the world. It is to stand naked and let everyone see who you really are. I have poured my heart and soul out on paper and I hope to share this journey, immersing you in a story, capturing your attention and firing the imagination. Through my writing and public speaking I hope to bring greater awareness to the general public about living with chronic disease.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Remaining Optimistic

Winston Churchill once said; “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity but an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”. Staying positive is crucial to one’s well-being when suffering any illness or disability, and naturally for those in the difficult position of being a caregiver. Having played the role of caregiver to my mother for several years (who had dementia) before she passed away, I am now on the receiving end of being cared for by my husband. The tables have turned, and I can’t say that I liked being a caregiver then, or now the position of needing to be cared for. Both stink! But that’s life, and one rarely has the choice, as these life changing circumstances are thrust upon us at full throttle, barely leaving one time to think let alone breathe. I am glad one can’t predict the future in a crystal ball, for I doubt any of us could imagine being able to make it through the hard times and cope with all that life holds in store. This insight would be too much for anyone to cope with. I’d much prefer to take one day at a time, make it over each hurdle as they appear, and deal with problems as they arise.


  1. And what a phenomenal job you're doing, Elaine!

  2. Being a caregiver is a difficult task, but knowing that you realise this and are thankful for the care and attention given to you and hardly ever complain, probably makes it easier for your family and close friends. It was good to see you today. Love you and admire you for the courageous way you cope with your condition.

  3. Being an optimist has so many benefits both physically and mentally. I think one can be a lot more realistic when they're optimistic. And then having a sense of humor helps too. Of course all of this is much easier said than done. You're doing a great job Elaine.